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Officials Warn Of Traffic Jams In Western Mass. Because Of Air Show

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Transportation officials are warning traffic on interstate highways  in western Massachusetts may be very heavy this weekend because of a big air show at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Up to a half million people are expected to attend the weekend air show, which organizers say will be the largest in the history of the Westover Reserve base, and one of the largest shows in the country. Chicopee’s Mayor Michael Bissonette says traffic jams can be expected.

   MassDot officials, state and local police plan to monitor traffic conditions and provide updated directions on electronic highway message boards.  Heavy traffic is expected on the MassPike, Interstates 91 and 291.. An air show two years ago in Westfield caused significant delays  on the MassPike.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.